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Tonight’s the night: ‘For the Love of Bey’ burlesque show at the Main Street Museum

FILE – This Nov. 4, 2016 file photo shows Beyonce performing at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Tonight in White River Junction: A celebration of black women everywhere, and, as the organizers say, “everyone’s favorite BEY!”

The Bey-themed burlesque is followed by a (presumably Bey-themed) dance party. This is event 21+ and BYOB. Tickets are free for black women; all other folks, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Click for more.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Don’t forget: Yesterday, we put out a list of things to do today.

We’ve also got recipes for …

  • rich chocolate fondue
  • seven-minute vegan chocolate sauce
  • molten peanut butter chocolate cakes
  • chocolate poundcake
  • dark chocolate and raspberry brownie tarts

at the Valley News website.

PLUS: Penguin-themed Valentine news.

UPPER VALENTINES: Things to do in the Upper Valley on Feb. 14

Roses which will be used in a bouquet of flowers rest in water at a florist work station Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Mark Knox Flowers in Odessa, Texas. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day on your own, with friends or with your significant others — OR even if you’re anti-Valentine’s and are just looking for something to do on Wednesday — here are some events and general ideas that could be tweaked to fit just about any scenario!

Most of these events are cheap or free, with a cost of $20 per person on the high end!


I’ve never participated in a group meditation before, so maybe I’m getting this all wrong, but my thinking here is that you could meditate on a range of things from ~how much you love your significant other~ all the way over to ~blocking out Valentine’s Day from your mind entirely.~


If sitting still and not interacting with anyone isn’t your thing … then I’m not sure how much you’re gonna like movies. BUT, these ones are pretty good, the showings are cheap (or free!), and they’re a good fit for a date, a group night out, or just chowin’ down on some popcorn yourself!


No, really! But not those bears. This talk is about real-life black bears. Wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, a Lyme resident who frequently graces the pages of the Valley News, presents “The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human” at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon.

Previously thought to be solitary, black bears have a type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matrilinear hierarchy and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as much as 40 years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators.

Maybe we all can learn a little something about life and love from our bear friends this holiday, beyond “don’t eat trash.”

The talk begins at 2 p.m. Advanced registration is suggested.


Here’s a few items for Wednesday night from the latest weekly edition of Entertainment Highlights:

  • IRISH MUSIC IN NEWPORT: Roger Kahle joins Randy Miller at Salt hill Pub in Newport at 6 for their weekly live session of traditional Irish music.
  • JAZZ PIANO IN WOODSTOCK: Pianist Sonny Saul performs jazz at the On the River Inn in Woodstock from 6 to 9.
  • SAX AND GUITAR IN QUECHEE: Saxophonist Mike Parker plays jazz with guitarist Norm Wolfe at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm at 6.


D Acres in Dorchester is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner for $20 a person, but you should RSVP (call 603-786-2366) ASAP! They are welcoming folks who want to come solo, with a friend or with a partner! In other words, just about everybody, except that people who don’t like dinner. It starts at 6 p.m.


Letting you in on a little secret to the best date ever (which can be modified for friends or singles!). This is a go-to for my partner and I when we wanna have a REAL NICE DATE: Get all gussied up (sequins are a good idea), make a sandwich (or buy one somewhere great like Singleton’s Market or Pnomh Penh Sandwich Station if you’re feeling EXTRA super fancy) and have a little indoor picnic somewhere (ur go-to is the HOP lobby).

It just adds a bit of fun to something really simple and cheap, and you can still be home by 8 p.m. 😉


The weather is supposed to be real nice on Wednesday — sunny with a high of 44 degrees in the Lebanon area. BONUS IDEA: Leave your phone at home! I have been doing this lately and 10/10 would recommend.


This one requires a bit of a drive, but Matthew Broussard will be performing two shows in Burlington (7 & 9 p.m.), and $15 tickets are still available.


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Weekend picks: Dance for LGBT+ teens; JAGfest theater festival; Enfield snow fun; Pilgrims show


Love Wins: Dance for LGBT+ Teens!


JAGfest, a weekend performing arts festival of new works all celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights and performing artists, kicks off tonight at 7:30 in White River Junction and runs all weekend.

Photographed in West Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 1, 2018, Jarvis Antonio Green is the founding producing artistic director for JAG Productions and BarnArts Center for the Arts. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


The Newport Winter Carnival!

At the 100th Newport Winter Carnival in Newport, N.H., spectators watch the Axe Man Challenge on the green on Feb. 13, 2016. Participants of the challenge try to split as much wood as they can in two minutes. Wood is then auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Newport Recreational Center. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Enfield is The Place To Be!

  • Beginning at noon, the Mascoma Sailing Club and the Enfield Village Association will host a “Winter WingDing” at Mascoma Lakeside Park. The event is free and goes to 4 p.m.
  • Also taking place in Enfield will be the annual Snowshoe Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum. The event — held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — features guided snowshoe tours and opportunities to explore trails at one’s own pace. There will also be sled dog rides, lunch and a bonfire (with toasted marshmallows of course).

Scenes from last year’s “Winter WingDing” in Enfield. (Courtesy photographs)


We already told ya about the whole thing with the flannel and the world record attempt and the basketball.

Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell (5) tries to get between Dartmouth’s Brendan Barry (15) and Will Emery (0) during an NCAA college basketball game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)


There’s also The Pilgrims playing a show at the Windsor Station. (You may remember they have a fun new video.) They’re joined by Faux in Love and it all starts at 9:30 p.m.



JAGfest and the Newport Winter Festival continue. And also, what a busy weekend. Maybe take a nap?

If you like flannel, the Dartmouth men’s basketball game on Saturday is for YOU

Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell (5) tries to get between Dartmouth’s Brendan Barry (15) and Will Emery (0) during an NCAA college basketball game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)

From Matt Garrison, the marketing and events assistant at Dartmouth College Athletics, who posted on the listserve:

Join us on Feb. 10, on National Flannel Day, as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Tartan (Flannel) at the Dartmouth Men’s Basketball game. The Big Green will be taking on Princeton at 7 p.m. In order to count towards the record, you must be wearing at least 1 piece of tartan, top or bottom, plus an accessory (free button accessory will be provided). To save money, purchase your tickets in advance at www.Dartmouthsports.com.

We do quite like. our flannel. here at UV INDEX and the Valley News …